Aaron “Showtime” Taylor spent 26 years rehabilitating at San Quentin State Prison. After drawing the attention of the Warriors, he spent Saturday night as the guest PA man at Chase Center.
Steph Curry scored 38 points to lead the Warriors to a 125-109 victory. But after the game he made sure to share the spotlight with Taylor for a postgame interview.
Taylor’s inspiring story was recently shared by The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson.
Taylor was at a loss for words during his postgame interview with NBC Sports Bay Area’s Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike before gathering his thoughts.
"I worked hard in 26 years to rehabilitate myself," Taylor said. "In the process of doing that, I just embraced the attitude that I could be more than what I was. Once I embraced the attitude that I could be more than what I was, then it was time for me to tell other people, you can be more than what you think you are."
Taylor drew rave reviews for his exuberant player intros and got a compliment from Curry after the game.
"All of Dub Nation knows," Curry said, "when you have a primetime performance and you heat up the building, we got to cool you down. So let's cool you down."
Then Kent Bazemore doused Taylor with a bottle of water.
Congrats to Taylor for working his way back for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a round of applause for the Warriors, Curry and Bazemore for capping of the night with a classic moment.